The Final of the 2017 FA Vase Final saw South Shields FC and Cleethorpes Town slug it out for the trophy which alluded both clubs.

In charge of proceedings on the pitch was current Premier League referee Darren England, who would officiate what was a first trip to Wembley for both The Mariners and The Owls.

While creating history for both respective sides, the fixture also forms part of the footballing history books. The occasion saw Liam Davis take to the pitch, the first openly gay footballer to play at Wembley.

For The Owls, much of their games on the way to the final were tightly contested with one-goal margins. A 5-2 win away from home at Southhall proved the standout result for The Owls.

Despite joining the competition at an earlier stage, the route to the final was easier for The Mariners by comparison. 32 goals in 9 games proved enough for South Shields to battle for the Vase at Wembley.

After mounting pressure on The Owls, Carl Finnigan opened The Mariner’s account on the day from the spot just before half time, after a clumsy trip on Cogdon from full-back Lowe.

Cogdon, who won the penalty which would provide the breakthrough, came close to doubling his side’s lead moments after during first-half stoppage time. A bobbling low strike was met and tipped onto the woodwork by Highton in goal for The Owls.

One goal became two, after defender Dillon Morse got his head on the end of a free-kick delivered by substitute Robert Briggs.

David Foley wrapped up the result right before the 90 for the some 10,000 travelling South Shields fans, firing home a brace in the space of three minutes.

First name on the scoresheet, Carl Finnigan celebrating post-match.